A pledge is an estimate of giving; some call it a statement of intent. Your pledge amount may be changed, increased or decreased during the year, at any time as your financial circumstances change. Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Receiving your pledge allows our Leadership, to do for our congregation what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Bishop's Committee sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While plate offerings are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
Tithing means giving "one tenth" of your income to the Church. There has always been debate about whether income should be interpreted as "growth" or simply what comes through your checking account. How much you give is a personal decision between you and the Lord. The General Convention has repeatedly confirmed that a full tithe should the goal of all Church members, however, we understand that each person's circumstances are different. Perhaps this year you might pledge 2%, next year 5%, who knows maybe 5 years from now you'll finally achieve your goal of paying a tithe.